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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffHappySwordsman Date: Apr 17, 2012 2:14am
Forum: movies Subject: A question about the usage of copyrighted compositions in public domain telecasts and works created from clips taken from public domain telecasts

In my "Compilation of Classic TV Footage" videos I upload to the internet archive, I collect clips from public domain TV series. Would it be breaking the law if I, for example, used a clip from a live performance of Snooky Lanson singing some forgotten 1950s hit (for which the composition, ie words & music, are still copyrighted) on the public domain series "Your Hit Parade"?

If this is OK, then there's a lot more clips I can use (including things from singers so obscure they make Snooky Lanson seem famous by comparison. Then again I'd like to use clips featuring popular singers too. They are all live performances in public domain series. Yes, trust me, "Cavalcade of Stars" is not under copyright).

Any infomation about whether doing this would break the law will result in my giving a reply saying "thank you", but I cannot offer any virgins or money for your help.

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Poster: robcat2075 Date: Apr 30, 2012 6:21pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: A question about the usage of copyrighted compositions in public domain telecasts and works created from clips taken from public domain telecasts

The still-copyrighted music retains its copyright status even if it appears in a program that is said to be PD.


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